White Knight, on Jul 29 2009, 12:18 AM, said:
Hi everyone, I've been ordering pieces of bricklink over the last few days to start on my first ship, which I've wanted to build for awhile. I have a question on mast pieces, since I've never owned any myself, so I don't know what's what.
I'm planning on my ship having 3 masts, so taking into account the lengths of the fore, main and mizzen mast, and a bowsprit, what pieces would I need?
Im assuming 3 bases (short/long?) then 3 mid sections, then 3 top sections (short/long?), then the bowsprit.
Edit: I should also mention, its going to be a full rigged ship.
Well, there are a few factors you should take in concideration. For example, what size would your ship be? And what is the widest part (stud wise). You can place a mast that is 2 times as long as your ship, but this wouldnt look that good nor is it efficient for sailing. So you should be save with the full length of your ship to a maximum of 1/2 extra length. For bowsprit you should take no more then half your ship lenth as maximum, but even that may be already to long in some cases! So basicly you should buy a lot of material in advance before you start out, just in case. Also do know that the new pirate line does NOT have the same masts as the orriginal theme, so take note of that and study these parts in advance! where the new Pirate theme uses about 2 mast parts max, the old has 6+ different parts! So do check the masts out just to be sure! Also the rigging comes in different shapes and sizes! For Sails this counts the same, also a lot of different sails to go with, but you can always create your own sails!
Creating your own sails usually can be done by using official ones and use the outlines of that to draw your own sails on cloth, paper, or what ever you wish to use! To make it look older and more worn, you could rip open the coffee pads and use the stuff to lay your new sails in. let it dry for atleast a full day and your sails look old and worn!
Creating your own rigging can be done several ways, you could for example use only thin ropes and try that out. But you can also use some sticks as thin as lego bars (like the light saber bars) and use those as horizontal parts and the rest thin rope!
Creating your own masts will most of the time fail since you will not have a mountage point for them unless you start melting your own masts in plastic and experiment with that, best way is to study the masts and get some of that.
to find official buildingplans for your ship, they may help out with your first ship